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Overview

Scope and Contents note

Arrangement note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Land Office Commonplace Book, 1876


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Land Office Commonplace Book, 1876



Overview

Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Title: Land Office Commonplace Book
Inclusive Dates: 1876
Abstract: This commonplace book centers on a theme of veterans and land grant information. The book contains sections organized by military unit or battle. There are transcriptions of legislation relating to land, the legislative history of Texas counties and a section listing the fees of the General Land Office. It may have been used by Texas Ranger Captain James E. Lucy to investigate land-title fraud in Texas during the 1870s.
Identification: LGR.LOC
Quantity: 1.3 Linear feet, (1 oversized bound volume)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

The "Land Office Commonplace Book" is a GLO staff imposed title for this volume with no title. A commonplace book is a compilation of different kinds of information centered around a theme or subject. In the case of this book, the theme appears to be Veterans and lands granted to them. It is unknown what the specific purpose of this book was. However, written in the inside cover is "James E. Lucy, " a captain in the Texas Rangers assigned to investigate land-title fraud cases. It is possible that this book was created for his use or modified for his use. There are a number of pages missing near the end with the final pages having nothing to do with veterans or land grants.

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Scope and Contents note

The Land Office Commonplace Book is a compilation of information related to Texas Revolution and Republic military veterans and lands granted to them. The sections of the book are broken up by military group or by battle fought in. Each section lists a soldier's name and some information; many entries are blank, some note where and when the soldier died, and some list land holdings. Towards the end of the book, there are transcriptions of legislation relating to land, a section about the legislative history of Texas Counties, and a section on the fees of the General Land Office. The scope of information in the volume lends itself to the theory that this commonplace book was used as a means of investigating land claims.

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Arrangement note

There is a brief and incomplete index in the front of the volume. In the main body of the volume, veterans are listed by military unit or battle. Each name entry is given a unique number that is referred to throughout. There is no order to sections.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Unrestricted access.

Conditions Governing Use note

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

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Index Terms

Land Certificates
Land Grants
Land ownership--Texas
Veterans--Texas
Volumes (documents by form)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Land Office Commonplace Book (LGR.LOC). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Land Office Commonplace Book, 1876

Oversized Box
OS 117 Land Office Commonplace Book, 1876

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